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Time and Again: Time Was / Times Change Reviews

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-01-17 19:36

    I made a deal with a friend this summer.This friend read a good amount of romance novels, and much to my chagrin I forgot myself and said something offhandedly disparaging- which was promptly answered with 'Have you ever read one?'To which I had to say 'No.'So she suggested that I do so, and then tell her what I thought.And. Um... I found this one at the library book sale and paid fifty cents for it. And I thought... hmm, time travel, could be good... Read it pencil in hand, marking it up like a maniac, a habit I developed in AP Language and Composition last year. What follows is the exact text of the e-mail I sent my friend, based on the marks I made a I read. Chock full of shameless spoilers, just so you know.Okay. The book I bought contained two novels, 'Time Was' and 'Times Change'. They center on a pair of brothers, Caleb and Jacob Hornblower, from the twenty-third century who travel back to our time and meet a pair of sisters, Liberty and Sunny Stone. No prizes for guessing what happens next.I'll consider each novel from three perspectives, and then when I've finished with both I'll draw conclusions based on the two of them.The perspectives are as follows:Science Fiction. One of the reasons I chose this book instead of one of the others was the time travel; I find it a particularly intriguing subtheme of scifi in general and was curious to see how someone who wasn't a science fiction novelist by trade would handle it. So this will be my evaluation of plausibility of the time travel mechanism and what details of the twenty third century we are given, as well as the culture shock both brothers experience when they arrive in our present day.Feminism. I can't help it; I see every book through this lens. However, it's particularly relevant to this because romance novels are often criticized for being antifeminist or misogynistic. So this perspective will be my breakdown of the gender roles presented, the power dynamic of the relationships, and anything particularly praiseworthy or glaringly bad that relates to how characters of each gender are treated.Narrative. Simply put, how's the writing? The plot, the pacing, the dialogue, the word choice? That analysis will be in this section.Book One: Time Was.Back-of-book blurb: "He was stranded in the present, but time traveler Caleb Hornblower's biggest predicament wasn't returning to the 23rd century... it was leaving behind beguilingly innocent Liberty Stone, who'd shown him a love more powerful than Time Was."Spoilerific Summary: Caleb crash-lands his ship in the mountains of Oregon during a rainstorm- and Libby is watching from the front porch of her family's cabin. She drives out, because she thinks it's a plane crash, to see if there are any survivors; all she finds is Caleb on the side of the road. Naturally, she brings him back to the cabin and tends his wounds. There's a good deal of awkwardness as he tries to figure out where he is, and shock when the realization hits. Because they're both obscenely good looking, a situation which could have stayed awkward for a long time turns romantic, what with her showing him a little about our time and caring for his wounds. Sex ensues, which (this isn't clear) is either Libby's first time or the first time she's really enjoyed it; either way, the emotional complication deepens. Then there's tension about his leaving to return to his time; he fixes up his spaceship and gets it to figure out how to make a return trip, but doesn't want to leave her, etcetera. Libby's parents show up for some cringeworthy scenes, including one in which Caleb grabs her mom's butt, and then leave them alone after deciding that their little girl can take care of herself. Launch day arrives, Libby watches the ship take off from the same porch where she watched it crash... and Caleb comes running up. Good news! He set the ship on autopilot; it can return to the 23rd century without him! He can stay with her forever! How does one become a pilot in these primitive times?Analysis-Science Fiction: Could have been better, could have been worse. Roberts clearly knows she's out of her depth as far as spaceships go, so she keeps things vague- instead of talking about specific controls, for instance, in the first chapter, she mentions 'the instrument panel'. Instead of specific voice warnings, as appear on other ships in science fiction (Serenity's Cantonese life support failure message, etc) there are 'warning bells'. This is fine. For someone who has no chance of writing decent 'hard science fiction', IE SF in which all the details have lengthy scientific explanations, this is a good option.But let's talk about the glimpses of future society we get. Caleb comes on to Libby almost as soon as he regains conciousness, which aside from being gross suggests that sexual mores have changed a lot in two hundred years. He also doesn't seem to understand why being naked around a complete stranger is a problem- "Because it seemed important to her, Cal tugged on the sweats." This presents a bizarre picture of a future society, to say the least. And one of the biggest and most important companies? The inanely-named Herbal Delight, a tea company founded by Libby's father. FULL STOP. Tea company. One of 'the ten biggest and most powerful companies on Earth and its colonies'? Yeah right. Even if it does make organic fuel, that coincidence is way too convenient. Setting aside the fact that from the things he mentions or thinks- about wood being super rare, natural cotton being expensive, etc- there shouldn't be enough resources to support a major organic fuel market, unless they're growing the ingredients in some kind of artificial system like hydroponics. And at that point, you have to wonder if that even constitutes organic anymore.For the next item, let's consult the book for a quote-"In another hundred years we'll probably have robots that will stack the dishes inside themselves and sterilize them.""More like a hundred and fifty."DISHWASHER ROBOTS? Does no one do anything for themselves anymore? And the fact that clearly her guess at how they would generally work was spot on, because all he corrected was the time, not the mechanism. Again, unlikely coincidence.Now I come to the part where we find out how the heck Cal got here. Now, wait for it, wait for it... he skimmed the edge of a black hole. Um, yes, let me repeat that one: BLACK HOLE. AKA enormous superdense ball of matter with such gravitational pull it draws in light and will literally pull anything else that it gets ahold of out into one-atom-thick spaghetti. Created by the collapse of a SUPERNOVA. Detected not because scientists can see it, but because they can observe the effect it has on the planets and stars in its vicinity. And the one he metaphorically stumbles onto? Wasn't on the charts. "It had just been there, and his ship had been dragged toward it." YEAH RIGHT. HE WAS FLYING A 'ROUTINE ROUTE' BETWEEN MARS AND EARTH AND DIVERTED TO AVOID A METEOR SHOWER. He would not have left the solar system. And there are no black holes in the solar system or in our immediate area. I think we'd notice being atom-spaghettiized. Even if it wasn't in the solar system- because I'll admit, we know Mars was one end of the run but we don't know the other- any spacegoing society is going to know the locations of every major interstellar travel hazard for lightyears around the actual routes and colonies. In short, this is total bull. It's also the second-most annoying thing I found in this book.Feminism- This part starts with the back cover blurb. Yup, you read that right. The back cover blurb, and here's why: The men travel. The women are in stasis. The men come to them, and this to me resonates strongly of a male-dominance pattern. It doesn't play out this way, but it insinuates 'man goes off to work and exciting things, woman stays and tends house'. So that's the first thing.But I bet you're dying to know what Cal's like, am I right? Well, here you go: he's a sex-crazed, arrogant, misogynistic bastard. His only redeeming moments are when he's talking or thinking about flying, when he shows a love for something other than himself. You want me to prove it? Can do.Page 18, first instance of unwanted advances: "I only see one." Smiling, he reached up to touch her subtly pointed chin. "One beautiful one."Page 21, after they fall down- him on top of her, how convenient: 'And she felt like heaven beneath him.'Page 24, Libby's thinking: 'A ripple of unease ran through her. He'd be strong. When his injuries healed, his body would be as strong as she sensed hsi mind was. And they were alone... as completely alone as any two people could be.'Also Page 24: 'He wasn't used to women backing away from him.'Page 37, when he's poking around in her bedroom: 'She'd said she wasn't matched, yet it was obvious that she wore things to please a man. Apparently she preferred the romance of past eras even when it came to her underwear. Far from comfortable with the ease with which he could picture Libby in this little chocolate-brown swatch with the white lace, he shoved the drawer shut again.'(Because she can't wear underwear like that because she likes it for herself- it's obviously to please a man.)Page 40, when she's helping him back to his bed as he can hardly stand: 'But his arm stayed around her shoulders long enough to keep her close, just close enough to brush his lips over hers.'Page 44, an encounter in the dark when the power goes out in a storm: 'His fingers tightened on her arms, hard enough to make her gasp.'Page 48, Caleb's response when she asks if he's married: "No. It wouldn't be wise for me to want you if I were."Page 49, and this one speaks for itself: "We'll get to know each other tomorrow. Then we'll sleep together."Page 65, also speaks for itself: "I make you nervous." His thumb caressed her knuckles. "It's very stimulating."Also page 65: "Relax," he murmered, and slid his hand up to the back of her neck. "I'm not going to make love with you. I'm only going to kiss you."Panic had her straining away. "No, I don't..."The fingers at the back of her neck shifted, tightened, held firm.'NOTE: This scene continues with her head 'falling back in submission'.Page 88: "I want you, and if I stay near you much longer, I'm going to have you."Page 89: "You can have all the say you like." Taking both her arms, he pulled her against him. "But I'll have something before I go."This time she struggled. It was pride, pride and anger, that had her jerking free. Then his arms came around her, twin vises that clamped her body unerringly to his. She would have sworn at him, but his mouth closed hard over his.It was nothing like the first time. Then he had seduced, persuaded, tempted. Now he posessed, not as if he had the right, but simply taking it. Her muffled protest went unheeded, her struggles ignored.NOTE: This scene continues with the following some paragraphs later: 'And she was in love.'Page 145, post-sex: "Why don't I watch while you fix me a sandwich?"She traced lazy patterns on his chest with her fingertip. "So, male chauvinism survives in the twenty-third century."Page 201: 'In one long, possessive stroke, his hands ran up her body, then down again with no lessening of force. She might have protested. There was something here that frightened her, that left her weak- not meltingly, but with an open-ended vulnerability that made her struggle to find her feet again. There was no gentleness here, nor was there the sense of urgent desire he had once shown her. Instead, the kiss was like a punishment, and a brutally effective one.'Page 203: 'He couldn't stand it- the thought of someone else touching her, kissing her. Undressing her.'Page 214: "Do you think that every emotion a man has toward a woman is gentle, kind, loving?"Further page 214: "Maybe it's time I taught you the rest."Page 214-215: "Think of this. Whenever anyone else touches you, tomorrow, ten years from tomorrow, you'll wish it was me. I'll see to it."With his words still hanging in the air, he pulled her to the bed.'So there are the solid examples. I'm sure you can see what bugs me about Cal from these, but I have to elaborate a little bit more: his critical flaw, the one that makes him utterly unlikeable in my eyes, is that at more than one point he threatens, insinuates, or attempts to rape Libby. This is the woman he's supposedly going to love forever. Now, I doubt this point needs belaboring, but RAPE IS WRONG. Utterly, completely, horribly wrong. Under no circumstances, under no emotional duress, is it acceptable or explicable. Under no circumstances is it an act grown out of true love. It comes from a disregard of the rights of the other person, a belief that in some way their choices are not their right, that the rapist is justified in causing pain mental and physical. Thus, at the point that any so-called 'love interest' behaves in any way like a rapist, he- or she- becomes abhorrent. Can it be handled in a way that doesn't ruin the book? Yes. I can even name one manipulative bitch of a character who I actually liked a lot, because the author accepted that her treatment of sexual partners was a deep flaw and treated it as such, making it a part of her character and the way she related to other people. The author never condoned this woman's behavior, and indeed built a lot of sympathy for the victim by showing the poor man's emotional fragility and utter terror of his tormentor. And that's the other thing- it's just plain creepy if someone who is the victim or almost-victim of a rape or almost-rape forgives the perpetrator. An encounter like this should set off big, red warning lights and a siren. Maybe a voice-over that yells, 'BAD HUMAN BEING, RUN LIKE HELL THE OTHER DIRECTION'. Not 'And she was in love'. That is not an appropriate reaction on Libby's part, nor is it an appropriate handling of the situation on Nora Roberts' part. Showing relationships where one partner is afraid of the other as normal, or even as extraordinary 'timeless loves', is sick and harmful. This is one of the flaws of Twilight, as well, but I'm not getting into that.A few more things: The use of the word 'submission'. This word is a big red flag. The idea that any part of a relationship should involve one member- and make no mistake, it's almost always the female- submitting to the other is ridiculous. That suggests inequality in the relationship itself, at which point said relationship is no longer healthy. Unless Caleb 'submitted' to Libby at one point- which he never did- there is no equality.Initiation of sex. This was handled rather better than some of the other things. Libby actually demands sex at more than one point, and though it's hard to tell, may do so more than Caleb. Like all things, a perfect balance is the ideal, but rather unlikely; this is better than it would have been if he had been the one making the demands (thus sending the message that sex and sexual pleasure are a man's realm and his right, and a woman is merely a tool to an end).Lampshading. Libby was not as strong as I might have liked, but every now and then she would out and out call Caleb on his sexist bullshit. My favorite: "I did you a favor, and I don't appreciate you insinuating that I should hop into bed with you just because you've- you've got an itch. I don't find it flattering- in fact, I find it very insulting- that you think I'd make love with a perfect stranger just because it's convenient."Monogamy. Let me preface this with the statement that I find nothing wrong with monogamy in a relationship. Personally, I think it's a good idea flat out health-wise, as someone who is monogamous is less likely to contract and spread an STD. And I would probably blow a gasket if I found out a boyfriend of mine had cheated. So my issue isn't with that kind of monogamy, but with something else. Libby explains it best-'She had, even as a child, believed that there would be only one man for her.'Now, is it possible for this to happen and end happily? Of course. Is it common? Not at all. And is this a necessarily healthy attitude? No. First off, scientifically- National Geographic suggests that the feeling we experience as falling in love is actually a chemical/hormonal high our bodies create. An internal drug dose, if you will, that lasts approximately four years. (Coincidentally- or maybe not- guess when most marriages break up? Around the three or four year mark.) Believe that or not, that's your call.Secondly, this attitude is not reflected in Caleb. This is something that bothers me in a lot of books, and in fact in many societal mores. The woman is expected to be a virgin until she marries, for instance- to the point that brides in some Islamic cultures will have (once would have had? Not sure if it still happens...) surgery (don't ask me to explain this because it's gross) so that their husband thinks they're 'pure'. But there's no such expectation of a man. It helps that there's no way to tell if a man is a virgin or not (or maybe there is, but hell if I'm going to ask someone about this). My point is this: The fairy-tale 'my Prince Charming will come and sweep me off my feet and we'll live happily ever after' isn't a problem if the man is just as determined to love one woman in his entire life. So I suppose my problem with this is not the exclusivity Libby idolizes but the double standard.Narrative: Formulaic and not outstanding, but I've read worse. There was a clear central conflict present through the entir ebook, if under the surface at first. Caleb's reactions to the modern world were well handled, and his fish-out-of-water state was somewhat plausible. Dialogue wasn't outstanding, but it wasn't awkward or jarring, and I could mostly imagine real people saying these things. I still don't like the pacing of the romance itself; I would have preferred to see a little more development, but if it were done to my satisfaction it would be too long for a good section of Roberts' target audience, so I can let that slide. The only thing that really needed more development was their emotional connection, as it seemed to be more pure horniness than anything else. There weren't many character details given at all,, actaully, so there's no wonder there was little emotional connection- again, it reminded me of Twilight, though it did better than that at least. Caleb's a pilot, former military, who's flight-crazy, and that's all we know about his personal interests and passions. Libby is an anthropologist, likes Casablanca, was raised by hippie parents, and that's mostly what we get about her. Her parents showed up, but they seemed to be a plot device- intended mostly, by my watch, to talk with Libby and Caleb and have them demonstrate through their words that they love each other. Oh yeah, and talk about the importance of love and free sex, and have some of their own. There may possibly be a plot point for the next book in the fact that Libby's mother is pregnant again, but I have no way to know that yet.Final note: Caleb's last name really annoyed me. Especially when he was referred to at one point as 'Captain Hornblower'. I don't know if you've heard of them, but there's a very famous series of naval novels set in the Napoleonic War era whose main character is Horatio Hornblower. I haven't read them myself, but every time someone mentioned Caleb's full name that was all I could think of. There have got to be other things he could have been called. (Continued in comments)

  • Casey
    2019-01-03 18:40

    I read the first half of the book then skimmed the rest. It was a predictable sleezy romance novel, plain and simple. The thing that bothered me most was the fact that Cal was not even LIKABLE. He was a self centered jerk who showed no true care to Libby's feelings but only to his own desires, and that just sickened me. I'm reading this and thinking, "Okay, so I have this male character who is-of course-oooh so handsome (as is his brother, OF course...so shallow and not realistic but anyhow) and he is arrogant, pushy, bossing, demeaning, manipulative, and takes advantage of women, with no character whatsoever...and I'm supposed to swoon over this fellow and come out wishing I had a man like him (b/c isn't that the stupid goal of these novels anyhow?) ?" The description on the back made me think this novel would perhaps be something other than what it was but yeah, I was ready to be done w/ this one and read something that wasn't pointless trash. I gave it 2 stars merely b/c her writing in and of itself is not atrocious, just the story...

  • Kathrynn
    2018-12-28 13:32

    There are two short stories in this book, but they are so similar I was...bored reading the second story. It seemed to me the same story started over, but with different characters.The first story is with Caleb and Liberty. It was neat. It's a sci/fi (him), timewarp caused time-travel read. I enjoyed it.The second story is with Caleb's brother and Libertie's sister (Sunny). He's searching for his brother who went missing...Naturally, Caleb and Liberty are out of town while Sunny is staying at the same the same country house (trying to find herself).

  • Becky
    2019-01-13 20:22

    I started reading this book and realized I had read these two stories already. I don't usually read books regarding time travel, but these were so very well done. Fun to see how she described the differences in the times, the people and how they lived in these two different time jumps. The romance was so sweet, it made me tear up at times. Two great reads by Nora Roberts

  • Lauren
    2019-01-03 16:18

    Really good.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-01-23 18:22

    Two full-length stories about time travel and two brothers and two sisters (Time and Again: Hornblower-Stone #1-2)My TakeTime Was and Times Change are both soft romances, but with a twist of time travel tossed in. They're sweet with no great dramas and very predictable. The StoriesTime Was finds Libby Stone, cultural anthropologist, rescuing Caleb Hornblower when his ship crashes. It's a shy scholar versus the intrepid sky pilot as they each try to understand the other.It is cute that this man from the future veers into his own cultural assessment of Libby and her circumstances. He's certainly a challenge to Libby's mental health as she's not accustomed to a man with his lack of inhibition, let alone he has no idea when he is.Herbal Delight is the company her hippie dad, William Stone, started in this very cabin---a company famous and one of the top ten in Caleb's century. Caroline Stone is the girls' mother and an artist whose work has stood the test of time. Sam is the baby. Times Change finds the brilliant and driven Jacob Hornblower furiously flying back through time to rescue his brother while 300 years earlier, the perennially restless Sunny Stone is wondering why she thought she needed the peace and quiet of her parents' isolated cabin. She's still hunting for her direction, always trying something new.The CoverThe mint green cover is very softly pretty with its verdigris sundial and smudged pink flowers and accurately reflects the mild storyline.The title is a reflection itself of the first and second story as the first is followed by the second, and it's Time and Again.

  • Tina
    2019-01-21 14:11

    Well, I'm a little late posting this review since I finished it about a week ago (and I usually like to post reviews right away). This book has been on my TBR pile for quite some time... well before 2014 rolled around, so I'm glad I finally got to it! I really enjoy time travel novels, though I haven't read many of them yet, and this one didn't disappoint. Time and Again has two novels in it: Time Was and Times Change. Time Was is about Caleb and Libby, how they met, how he ended up in her time. And Times Change is about how Jacob tracks Caleb down in the past to convince him to come home. Both books were good reads. I enjoyed all of the characters and I though Roberts did a good job bringing out the quirks of each Caleb and Jacob when they discover 'old' things from Libby and Sunny's time. I do wish that we learned a little bit more about Caleb and Jacob's world, though. We got a few little glimpses into it, but I wanted to see more! Overall, this was a good, easy read. Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com

  • Melissa
    2018-12-26 14:31

    This book includes Time Was and Times Change. Both stories about brothers who travel back in time, one by accident and the other on purpose. I enjoyed both stories and thought the couples in them were a good fit for each other. Both stories had a sweet romance and a nice bit of humour while the brother's try to fit into the past while not knowing how to work "old fashioned" appliances or understand the slang terms people use.I had a good time with both these stories and thought the endings of both were really good.

  • Marge Ungriano
    2019-01-18 19:24

    Anything that made that made u teary eyed or cried deserves a five.

  • Kim Dreke
    2018-12-26 18:11

    I really enjoyed this book. Loved the concept, loved the characters.......but I would have liked more....Any followups?????

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-05 20:19

    I love Nora Roberts! I read all of her books.

  • Sandy Pfefferkorn
    2019-01-07 18:20

    I don't normally read romance novels, but I made an exception for this one because of the time travel stories. It is actually two books in one: Time Was and Times Change. In the first book Caleb Hornblower, a gorgeous "hunk" of a man from two centuries in the future, crashes his space craft near the mountain home of Liberty Stone. He doesn't immediately reveal that he's from the future, but Liberty takes him in and introduces him to life in the late 20th century. Caleb has to repair his space ship to return to his life two centuries in the future, but, of course, he and Liberty fall in love, and this complicates matters. (After all it's a romance novel with all the mushy drama that a romance novel involves. Because of Caleb's last name, I constantly kept thinking of C.S. Forester's Captain Horatio Hornblower books that my dad used to read. That was a bit distracting for me.)In the second book Caleb's brother Jacob travels back in time to bring Caleb home, and he meets Liberty's sister Sunny and predictably falls for her. I don't want to say any more because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone else.

  • Kushnuma
    2019-01-05 15:21

    This book has book 1, Time Was, and book 2, Times Change. Book 1, Time Was, follows Caleb Hornblower from the 23rd Century and Liberty Stone from the 20th Century. I liked the first book and enjoyed reading it. But I had hoped there would be more sci-fi and time travel involved. While book 2, Times Change, follows Caleb's brother, Jacob, and Liberty's sister, Sunbeam. I found book 2 to be really similar to the first, because of which I found it hard to get into. Although the last chapters got better. Overall, a lot of "love at first sights" but they were good romance novels.

  • Morgan
    2018-12-29 16:22

    I usually love Nora Roberts but this was an extremely hard book to get thru my mind wandered the entire time and I kept waiting for anything to happen. The whole book consisted of should I stay or should I go back to my time. Nothing else there was no plot twists or anything happening no character development or history on their back life. It was terrible by the end you really didn't care what they did anymore . which is disappointing

  • Janet Forgione
    2018-12-30 14:39

    All I can say about this book is I finished it. Don't ask me why I bothered to finish it, I guess I don't value my time. Nothing worked. She is a scientist, but has no scientific curiosity. He falls madly in love with her, but why? She is hardly ever nice or interesting, he keeps thinking she is but the author failed to show that to us. The book was just so dumb.

  • Maura
    2018-12-31 13:38

    Time Was - 4/5 - I didn't even realize this was a series novel. For one of her 1980's novels, this is pretty good. It was unique in that, other than her J.D. Robb stuff, Nora Roberts has never done sci-fi like stuff before. This is a time-travel romance in which Caleb Hornblower, after crashing his spaceship, finds himself out of the 23rd century and in the 20th century in a rustic cabin with Libby (Liberty) Stone. These two have crazy chemistry but the angst is there because Caleb has to reveal to her where he's actually from and then he has to leave her if he's ever to return to his own time and his family. It's a little slow moving at times, since the entire plot is their falling in love and getting to know one another. Maybe a minor subplot would have made this move along a bit faster. Caleb, for the most part, was a decent hero, but he did get a bit unsettling at one point. (view spoiler)[ He was getting a little peeved that his imminent departure wasn't bothering Libby and he was feeling jealous about all her future (yet undetermined) lovers and he got angry and started raping her. He managed to give her an orgasm before realizing what he was doing - and she's fighting him the whole time and I was wondering just what kind of guy he really is...(hide spoiler)] But the angst and their feelings for one another are very poignant and emotional and it was a very unique story coming from Nora Roberts. Times Change - 2/5 - So as a story - it's quite good. Hero, J.T. Hornblower, comes from the 23rd century looking to bring his brother, Cal, back with him, since he can't fathom why his brother would stay in a rustic place like the 20th century for a woman. Well, when he gets there, he meets Sunbeam (Sunny) Stone, Libby's little sister. Sunny has a bit more temper than Libby did and these two clash like stripes and polka dots. Other than attraction, I can't figure what they found in common to actually fall in love. But, fall in love they do. But J.T. has no plans to stay in the 20th century and Sunny doesn't know he's leaving. So there's major obstacles going on here. There's some insta-love, some (IMHO understandable) jealousy and a lot of sci-fi logic gone wrong. The two characters are strange together. They both have fiery tempers and tend to get into physical arguments...throwing things, biting, elbowing, etc. And then J.T. thinks this little gem after finding a bruise on her and not liking it,"If he had bruised her during a fight, he wouldn't have give it a second thought. But in bed, while loving - that was a different matter."Umm. What kind of guy is this that it's okay to bruise a woman while fighting but not while having sex? And then this later, "Neither of us is good at compromising J.T. With us, it's all or nothing. That's why we'll get along so well."What kind of logic is that? That's actually kind of a recipe for disaster IMHO. Then there was the creepy treatment of Sunny's sexual history. First, the birth control pills, so we KNOW she's sexually active and liberated. Then, the three guys on her answering machine asking when she's getting back into town. I've been inside her head this whole time, listening to her monologues and even I wondered how promiscuous this woman was that she was seeing/potentially sleeping with 3 guys at the same time. The hero jumped to a similar conclusion and was none to pleased. She defends herself with asking whether they'd like to compare sexual histories...only these guys aren't history. Are they? And then she has some sort of weird conversation about her sexual experiences with her Dad, in which she reveals that she's not a virgin, not promiscuous and only sleeps with guys she's fond of. This is something her dad needed to know? I would be mortified to have that conversation with my father...Then there's the sci-fi thing and this is what really drops this down to two stars and almost ruins the first book for me. In the first book, we are told that Cal made it to the 20th century while returning from Mars and going to L.A. In between Mars and Earth, he ran into a black hole and got slingshotted to the past. The one question that kept running through my mind is that...a blackhole is a collapsed star...there are no stars between Mars and Earth that could collapse....and if did just happen to wander into the Solar System it would wreak havoc, tear planets apart and suck up both Earth and Mars like a vacuum cleaner. So this is highly improbable. But I can suspend disbelief just for this...maybe it just showed up and is a little off the beaten path. This book though, I can't do it. So J.T. manages to use this black hole to get himself back to the 20th century. And...he manages to get back to the 23rd century as well! How? WTF? He needs the black hole to get up enough speed to time travel (I think maybe more than 88 mph Doc Brown!)...but where is this black hole? Have the scientists just not noticed that a huge, collapsed star is traipsing through the solar system sucking up planets? But it's okay because J.T. got home...and he'll use it again to return as well. This was a thought I could not unthink and, like the movie, The Lake House, kind of ruined the experience.

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-20 17:25

    Nora Roberts does science fiction kind-of!!She glosses over the future (which is lovely of course)! And focuses on the Hornblower brothers and the sisters from the 20th century. Entertaining fluff but won't stay with you!!!

  • Maura
    2019-01-16 17:12

    Time Was - 4/5 - I didn't even realize this was a series novel. For one of her 1980's novels, this is pretty good. It was unique in that, other than her J.D. Robb stuff, Nora Roberts has never done sci-fi like stuff before. This is a time-travel romance in which Caleb Hornblower, after crashing his spaceship, finds himself out of the 23rd century and in the 20th century in a rustic cabin with Libby (Liberty) Stone. These two have crazy chemistry but the angst is there because Caleb has to reveal to her where he's actually from and then he has to leave her if he's ever to return to his own time and his family. It's a little slow moving at times, since the entire plot is their falling in love and getting to know one another. Maybe a minor subplot would have made this move along a bit faster. Caleb, for the most part, was a decent hero, but he did get a bit unsettling at one point. (view spoiler)[ He was getting a little peeved that his imminent departure wasn't bothering Libby and he was feeling jealous about all her future (yet undetermined) lovers and he got angry and started raping her. He managed to give her an orgasm before realizing what he was doing - and she's fighting him the whole time and I was wondering just what kind of guy he really is...(hide spoiler)] But the angst and their feelings for one another are very poignant and emotional and it was a very unique story coming from Nora Roberts. Times Change - 2/5 - So as a story - it's quite good. Hero, J.T. Hornblower, comes from the 23rd century looking to bring his brother, Cal, back with him, since he can't fathom why his brother would stay in a rustic place like the 20th century for a woman. Well, when he gets there, he meets Sunbeam (Sunny) Stone, Libby's little sister. Sunny has a bit more temper than Libby did and these two clash like stripes and polka dots. Other than attraction, I can't figure what they found in common to actually fall in love. But, fall in love they do. But J.T. has no plans to stay in the 20th century and Sunny doesn't know he's leaving. So there's major obstacles going on here. There's some insta-love, some (IMHO understandable) jealousy and a lot of sci-fi logic gone wrong. The two characters are strange together. They both have fiery tempers and tend to get into physical arguments...throwing things, biting, elbowing, etc. And then J.T. thinks this little gem after finding a bruise on her and not liking it,"If he had bruised her during a fight, he wouldn't have give it a second thought. But in bed, while loving - that was a different matter."Umm. What kind of guy is this that it's okay to bruise a woman while fighting but not while having sex? And then this later, "Neither of us is good at compromising J.T. With us, it's all or nothing. That's why we'll get along so well."What kind of logic is that? That's actually kind of a recipe for disaster IMHO. Then there was the creepy treatment of Sunny's sexual history. First, the birth control pills, so we KNOW she's sexually active and liberated. Then, the three guys on her answering machine asking when she's getting back into town. I've been inside her head this whole time, listening to her monologues and even I wondered how promiscuous this woman was that she was seeing/potentially sleeping with 3 guys at the same time. The hero jumped to a similar conclusion and was none to pleased. She defends herself with asking whether they'd like to compare sexual histories...only these guys aren't history. Are they? And then she has some sort of weird conversation about her sexual experiences with her Dad, in which she reveals that she's not a virgin, not promiscuous and only sleeps with guys she's fond of. This is something her dad needed to know? I would be mortified to have that conversation with my father...Then there's the sci-fi thing and this is what really drops this down to two stars and almost ruins the first book for me. In the first book, we are told that Cal made it to the 20th century while returning from Mars and going to L.A. In between Mars and Earth, he ran into a black hole and got slingshotted to the past. The one question that kept running through my mind is that...a blackhole is a collapsed star...there are no stars between Mars and Earth that could collapse....and if did just happen to wander into the Solar System it would wreak havoc, tear planets apart and suck up both Earth and Mars like a vacuum cleaner. So this is highly improbable. But I can suspend disbelief just for this...maybe it just showed up and is a little off the beaten path. This book though, I can't do it. So J.T. manages to use this black hole to get himself back to the 20th century. And...he manages to get back to the 23rd century as well! How? WTF? He needs the black hole to get up enough speed to time travel (I think maybe more than 88 mph Doc Brown!)...but where is this black hole? Have the scientists just not noticed that a huge, collapsed star is traipsing through the solar system sucking up planets? But it's okay because J.T. got home...and he'll use it again to return as well. This was a thought I could not unthink and, like the movie, The Lake House, kind of ruined the experience.

  • Jill Dumesnil
    2019-01-10 14:36

    I've probably read and re-read this one 10 or more times! One of my absolute faves!

  • Natalia
    2018-12-31 18:22

    This was cute, but I would've wanted more details on the future.

  • Joanna
    2018-12-23 12:30

    brilliant...so enjoyed!

  • Sara
    2018-12-31 15:26

    What absolute crap. Its a Hallmark Movie just begging to be made.

  • Luann
    2019-01-16 17:19

    Fun, fast read. I figured out most of the ending...

  • Bar
    2019-01-07 17:25

    I usually find Nora Robert's books to be enjoyable, but I honestly found this one horrible. I don't think it could have been published if it wasn't for the fact that Nora was already an established writer. There were just so many things that irritated me about this novel - maybe it was because when I bought it I had no idea it was Harlequin Romance, or because I didn't read the second part yet, but in my opinion, it was bad. Here's why:Plot: The plot wasn't well executed. In fact, it seemed almost unnecessary. I understand that Nora primarily focuses on romance, but if it's a time travelling novel, there needs to be some sort of reason for the time travelling aside from making the love story "timeless." I honestly think the story could have done without the time travel twist. ALSO, the amount of mindless sex was so annoying. It was nice once. It was nice twice. But I don't want to read half a book that's about sex. Characters: I'm not a hardcore feminist (As in, I don't think about it that much) but reading this novel made me FURIOUS. The way Caleb treated Libby was atrocious - I would never want a boyfriend like him! He nearly RAPED her because of his possessiveness and anger, and she still likes him? She still allows him to come close to her? I would never want a moody boyfriend who kisses me harshly whenever things don't go his way. ---- That being said, if that hadn't been there, I would have actually liked Caleb's character... he was quite amusing. Libby, on the other hand, was pretty boring to me. I liked that she had flaws, but I also didn't like how Nora so obviously puts flaws in her characters. She practically announces the flaws, while really good authors show the flaws subtlety. Overall, I didn't care much for either of the characters.Writing: The book was well-written enough. I think at times, Nora becomes too descriptive, making it harder to read the book, but I acknowledge her style and don't condemn it in any way. So, yeah, not much to say for the writing itself. So yeah, I guess it's pretty clear I didn't like the book. I'm not saying I don't like Nora's other books - in fact, I've thoroughly enjoyed her other books so far. But this one just didn't appeal to me at all.

  • Nicole R
    2019-01-08 18:31

    Time and Again is actually two of Nora's early books, Time Was and Times Change, that were published in the late 80's when she wrote for Silhouette. The first book tells the story of Caleb Hornblower, I man who accidentally enters a time warp while flying a cargo ship in 2250 and is transported 300 years into the past. He lands in the Pacific northwest and meets Liberty Stone who introduces him to the past. The second book is the story of J.T. Hornblower, Caleb's brother, who intentionally travels back in time and is shown the ropes by Sunbeam Stone, Liberty's sister. I rarely read Nora's Silhouette books, I find them too much romance and not enough story. Don't get me wrong, a good description of a tumble in the sheets is fine with me but this one had unbelievably long descriptions (I was worn out just reading them!) and it seemed the middle third of the book was nothing but trips to the bedroom (or kitchen or shower or living room floor...I think you get my drift) - it was just too much for me. After a nice little description a simple "And they tumbled into bed..." is fine with me. In both of these stories, the leading man and leading lady were pretty much the ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THE STORY! Each couple was secluded in the woods at the Stone family cabin which made interactions limited and didn't allow much character development; the development that did occur was through personal reflection which is less than thrilling after the 5th page of it. The two stories were also carbon copies of each other with different leading characters (but the leads were siblings so that was odd) but I did think the second story was a bit better...I liked the characters better. So, you may be wondering "Why round up to 3 stars?" Well, I love Nora Roberts and it pains me to give her 2 stars and I think it is a tribute to how far she has come as an author from writing stuff like this to her newer books that have (sometimes) a great mystery plot, well developed characters, great friendships, and relationships that are built on more than love at first sight.

  • Cyrisse
    2019-01-22 13:33

    Time WasOnce when there were only a handful of time travel books they were primarily thought of as science fiction titles with somewhat complicated theories on how time travel was possible. Authors included names like Madeline L'Engle, Alan Brennert, Jack Finney and the gradaddy of them all H.G. Wells. In the last number of years, though, many romance writers and other authors have also enjoyed dabbling in this genre. Today Nora Roberts writing under the pseudonym JD Robb is also well known for her In Death series which features the character of Eve Dallas, a futuristic policewoman and her boyfriend/husband Roarke. Time Was tells the story of a young woman holed up in her parents cabin trying to finish an anthropological research project. Suddenly there is a badly injured good looking man at her doorstep who has survived a plane crash. As she nurses him back to good health she senses that something isn't right with him although she fears it is the result of the accident. What she doesn't know is that the young man is hiding more than just his spaceship and how long he can continue to play dumb is less and less possible. All too soon she is stunned by the news that her visitor is not only from another century but from another planet. This revelation will ultimately test this couple's relationship as they become more and more enamored with one another all the while knowing that the man from another place and time will need to return home shortly.Time ChangeWhen Cal's brother, J.T. realizes what has happened, he purposefully time travels from the twenty-third century to rescue his brother. He does not realize that Cal may not want to be rescued. Neither Cal nor Libby are at the cabin when J.T. arrives. Instead he meets Libby's sister, Sunny. Despite Sunny's attractiveness, J.T. will not allow himself to be swayed from his rescue mission. He has to find his brother and return to their time.

  • Vanesa
    2019-01-16 17:22

    Time And Again was a romance book that was about Cal Hornblower and Jacob Hornblower (J.T) Two brothers that without planning it they end up falling in love while time traveling. Libby stone , and Sunbeam stone, two sisters that fall in love with the Hornblower brothers. Cal accidentally his ship got consumed by a blackhole making crashed into earth 23 centuries back. beautifully Libby sees the accident and manages to help him. Cabin the place they feel in love and at the end Cal stays with her living his parents brother and friends. Thats when Green eyes Jacob comes after two years of making calculations and fixing preparing his ship to fly back to time and find his brother to take him back home he meets Sunbeam a tough girl that is really independent but ends up falling in love with J.T. She knows she loves him and cant leave without him. Cal and Jacob Hornblower meet again and Jacob sees that his brother already is where he belongs. Sunbeam knowing he has to go back to his time she gives him a surprise and hides and goes with Jacob to his time. Where they both lived a happy marriage. this book was different from other books i read because it was a romance book and i really don't read romance books. it was a nice experience to read. I found some chapters fascinating and also it made me grow as a reader knowing that i can be capable of how a good reader i could be. It also teach me new words and it was a good book. But there were some chapters that really i felt like the author did not explain really good. It look like she really try hard to explain but she tries way to hard.

  • Georgia Rose
    2019-01-09 18:21

    I rarely listen to audio books, I don’t seem to be able to fit them successfully into my life at the moment but I should do it more often as there’s something very soothing about being read to. Luke Daniels does an excellent job and it was a recommendation to listen to him that led me to this book in the first place. His voices of each character were spot on and consistent throughout.Jacob Hornblower goes back in time to find his brother, Caleb, who in Time Was - Time and Again Book 1 fell in love with Libby Stone. Finding the cabin that he believes Caleb is living in he meets Sunny Stone, Libby’s sister, who is staying there instead as Caleb and Libby have gone away for a while. He has also misjudged the weather and lands in the middle of winter ending up snowed in at the cabin with Sunny. Both these characters are strong-willed. Jacob is focused on his work and on taking his brother back home with him. Sunny doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life and neither is looking for any kind of love interest.I found Jacob endearing as he tried to fathom out the 20th Century, remembering things he’d learned in history where he came from and all the while keeping his time-travelling secret from Sunny which was always going to be a problem.I was thoroughly entertained by this story and look forward to going on a long journey to get to listen to it again.

  • jean
    2019-01-02 13:20

    actual rate:Time Was: 3.5 starsTimes Change: pending...* * * s p o i l e r a l e r t * * *so this is my first nora roberts, and yes, i did enjoy it! i thought nora roberts was just all about romance but no, there was more to it than that. there's scifi, humor, drama, family and of course my most favorite, time travel! wohoooow! it was an 'insta-love' between the characters but it really didn't bother me. i love Caleb's character soooo much, he's too damn hot and funny and smart and hot (again..hahah). my only problem with this is that nothing really much happened and it ended so abruptly. Caleb just sent his spaceship back to his time and chose to stay with Libby and then that's it. i wish they had struggled a little bit more, like Caleb returned to his time and retrieved the time capsule they buried to together and read the letter that Libby wrote for him and realized that he really belonged to the past..gee! maybe i should write a fanfiction for this..hahahahanyway, im not sure if im going to continue with the second story (Times Change). i'm curious about Jacob and Sunny, but not so much that im in hurry to pick it up. so probably in the future i will (but not on the 23rd century..hahah).so yeah! that was a fun and quick read!

  • Bridget
    2018-12-29 18:15

    I thought this was going to be corny, but I thought I'd try it anyways. I was pleasantly suprised when it was not only well written, but believable, it's amazing in it's detail! I really enjoyed the time travel aspect in both stories. Basicly a man from the future accidently comes in contact with an uncharted worm hole in space it gets whipped back into our time. Crashes in the mountains where a woman who is living at a cabin up there finds him, nurses him back to health. They fall in love. He decides to stay to be with her. It's funny to because the way the future people approach things like sex, or even just brushing there teeth is so different, she kinda like is he nuts! It's funny and a great love story, with a cool sci-fi edge to it. The second story is how his brother figures out how his brother went back in time, and he travels back there to try and bring his brother home. But instead meets his brothers wifes sister at that same cabin and things unravel, as he waits for his brother and his wifes return from out of the country. They are left with each other and they fight and fall in love. They were very good!